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Genome-wide association studies have uncovered scores of variants linked to disease, sometimes with tiny effects, and as Nature News reports, bundling them together into polygenic risk scores may be able to distinguish people's disease risk. However, it adds that the approach is not without controversy.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.